Merry Christmas 2023 – It’s been a Quality Year adding these exciting new Capabilities

Merry Christmas 2023 – It’s been a Quality Year adding these exciting new Capabilities

Closure times – NanoScope is closed from 20th December 2023 to the 5th January 2024 Our big company NEWS is that we are now ISO 9001:2015 Certified In our bid to improve our services on all fronts, we are very proud to have achieved ISO 9001 certification at the end of 2023 – more details to follow. We have already implemented our Quality Management System so you may spot these changes when you use us next. Our NEW microscope this year is a Sonoscan D24 Acoustic Microscope (large area CSAM). this state-of-the-art CSAM is already providing pre- and post- JEDEC Reliability checks for stress testing batches of devices (inc MSL testing) its providing checks for voids in complex planar sandwiches of materials – like polymers and metals it is also used as a Failure Analysis diagnostic tool for on-board packaging as a compliment to our X-ray capability. Our New Technique this year is our Plasma FIB Capability. We can offer ThermoFisher Hydra capabilities to our customers now including Xe for rapid milling of large sections – up to 100’s of μm in size/depth Ar for low kV polishing of (S)TEM sections and FEG SEM for high resolution imaging and Analysis in-situ. Lastly our new Sample Preparation Technique is Mechanical Grinding and Polishing. As boards and modules get smaller and more complex, the boundary between substrate and die requires more advanced investigation, so the need for accurate mechanical sectioning as a starting point for any structural analysis becomes increasingly important. Good Mechanical prep is more often the starting point for a Plasma or Gallium FIB section. (Section of a Section...
How to get the most benefit from FIB IC Nano-surgery?

How to get the most benefit from FIB IC Nano-surgery?

There are many advantages of correcting an IC design with FIB Nano-Surgery, but sometimes there are also problems, and many designers have been put off the technique. Did your last FIB work as you expected? Or was the yield low? or you got results you couldn’t explain? A quick recap of the reasons to do a FIB edit and how you would go about it, might be helpful. SCENE: So you’ve taped out your big new design, and 4 months and ₤400,000 /$/€ later, your 1st Silicon devices have arrived for tests to start. And immediately, there’s a problem. If you are lucky, then a normal functional test has failed and after a few days of head scratching it becomes clear what the cause is, and what the most likely metal fix should be. If you are unlucky and it’s more subtle, but still a show stopper for customer acceptance, then the fix strategy may be less obvious. Either way, prompt action is required and there are some difficult decisions to make. Your colleagues, customers and suppliers are all waiting to help get your product to market. Then there is the expense and the delays: to testing, to qualification, to sales and to revenue – which all add up to a serious commercial inconvenience. What ARE your options here? Risk a design change because there is a high confidence that the fix is understood? Do you roll the dice (the expensive and time consuming ones) and trust that the fix will work? Or spend a week trying to get a few chips fixed using FIB nano-surgery and give yourself some...
We are OPEN.

We are OPEN.

Let’s carefully collaborate our way through the ongoing Covid 19 crisis, and help drive the post pandemic recovery and growth. Luckily we were already set up for working with you remotely, so we can seamlessly support your new designs/products or analysis so that you can to be ready, and your projects still on time. To adapt to the new reality of Covid19, there has had to be a few subtle changes to the way we operate – but it’s all very sensible.  We have adapted our protocols to operate normally while protecting our own staff (even from each other)  Our Couriers are still running so sending and receiving devices/boards/samples is still normal.  Our free project consultancy is unchanged via telephone and via video conferencing.  We have upgraded the bandwidth and refresh times of our LiveFIB and LiveOPTICAL remote consultancy/microscopy options – you can still visit to supervise your work being done – but now ‘virtually’. This also saves non-urgent travel risks and costs.  Sample handling is always done in sterile conditions, and return shipping is in sterile packaging. For you this means  No new risks for you for handling, shipping, discussing and supervising external projects.  No new project delays, lower costs (no travel), less time needed for documentation (virtual meetings), same rapid project turnaround, same professional – confidential – expert service.  Extremely low exchange rates – so if you pay in Dollars or Euro’s, you have a historically lower cost. So even if you are now working from home, and things could be better – Better call NanoScope Lloyd.Peto@NanoScopeServices.com                                 +44(0)7768...
E-Newsletter Summer 2019

E-Newsletter Summer 2019

Our latest newsletter covers: New Services complement our Inspection and Analysis Options New AFM capability for rapid turn high resolution surface analysis High-resolution thermal imaging of chips and ICs – a great complement to our existing nano-surgery services X-Ray imaging for detailed inspection of a device’s internal structure and connections Acoustic Microscopy (CSAM) for detailed before/after checks. Download it here – E-Newsletter Summer...
New ‘best in class’ ex-situ FIBxTEM lift-out system launched

New ‘best in class’ ex-situ FIBxTEM lift-out system launched

The perfect addition to any FIB or FIB-SEM laboratory, a high performance optical microscope with ultra long working distance lenses and an ‘ex-situ‘ FIBxTEM section lift-out manipulator. Go to the full product description here. Our engineers (in previous roles) configured and supplied the first version of the ex-situ lift out system to all international FIB and FIB-SEM markets for over 10 years. Now we have created a new ‘best in class’ configuration to maximise the benefits of the ex-situ approach across the widest range of materials systems. If you are not sure of the advantages of ex-situ vs in-situ, read our technical article describing all the pro’s and con’s of both techniques here. The new system configuration has been developed with the experience gained from making FIBxTEM sections from over 300 different materials systems over the last 20 years. From catalytic converters to teeth, Indium Antimonide to car paint and carbon fibre composites and nuclear fuel rod liners to aerogel, we’ve used this technique to make successful FIBxTEM sections from all these materials systems, so we know what works and more importantly, what doesn’t. Changes to the stage design, combination lighting sources and lenses, ensure that the system delivers the highest success rate possible.  In addition we have taken advantage of new manufacturing capabilities and techniques, so the system is far more economical than any other ex-situ lift-out solution which has been offered until now. Our fully capable  ‘ECO’ configuration is available for £19,650 (€24,955) with immediate delivery. To see the full product description and specifications go to the lift-out page here.  Or to get a PDF brochure click...
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